Newsies in the making

Education | Seventh-graders read an actual print newspaper, and a New Yorker pretends to be a British royalty expert on TV
by Emily Belz
Posted 6/06/18, 12:11 pm

A Connecticut middle-school moment:

On a reporting trip in Connecticut last week for a forthcoming story, I spent a morning in a seventh-grade classroom. The students were diligently finishing up a worksheet on a book they were reading together. Once they turned in their sheets, the teacher set aside time for them to read the local newspaper—the print edition! The teacher has them regularly write reports on newspaper articles.

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Battle over books

Education | How did a book on transgenderism, hormone therapy, and sex change surgery end up on a popular list for elementary school students?
by Emily Belz
Posted 3/15/18, 10:42 am

Robin Prather, a retired children’s librarian in Oregon and a Christian, volunteers at a school library in the district where she used to work. A fellow librarian pointed out a title to her in an upcoming popular reading competition for third- through fifth-graders: George by Alex Gino.

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The new pro-life generation

Education | High-school students are organizing and engaging in the fight for life, despite sharp opposition from some administrators and peers
by Leigh Jones
Posted 1/03/18, 07:20 pm

Emily Curran expects opposition for her pro-life beliefs.

Her parents started taking her to prayer vigils outside abortion centers when she was a child, and she witnessed firsthand the vitriol abortion supporters sometimes hurl at people pleading for the lives of unborn babies. But that didn’t make it any easier to face the same kind of ridicule and derision in her own high-school cafeteria.

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